First things first.
What is Playeum?
Award winning non-profit organization Playeum opened Asia's first Children's Centre for Creativity on 19 September 2015. The first of its kind, the dedicated creative space for children is located in key regional visual arts hub, Gillman Barracks. Embracing a global shift in increasing marketing demands for creativity, a key part of Playeum's wider mission is to establish a culture of meaningful and impactful joy.
Led by Executive Director Anna Salaman and Co-Founders Sumitra Pasupathy and Jennifer Loh, the Childre's Centre for Creativity most closely aligns with the Reggio Emilia Approach - an innovative pedadogy in early childhood education, and aims to lead a revolutionary change in mindset where children are viewed as highly competent and creative.
Playeum offers an immersive environment for children to:
Its inaugural exhibition titled "The Art of Speed" was a huge success. It attracted over 17,500 children and adults during its six and a half month duration.
"Hideaways - Creating with Nature", Playeum's second exhibition which was launched last month, features installations which provide interdisciplinary and engaging experience, serving as an important reminder of the world's ecosystem.
Here are G's favourites from the exhibit:
1) KNOCK, KNOCK! WHO LIVES THERE? by Isabelle Desjeux
2) MAKE-BELIEVE HIDEAWAY by Madhvi Subrahmanian
3) WELCOME TO MY WORLD by People's Atelier
4) SOUNDS OF THE EARTH: NATURE'S ENSEMBLE by Shogun Creatives
5) CREATURE CAVE by Bartholomew Ting
This installation is catered for infants and toddlers. It features animal sound pads and a range of textures and lights. The little ones are rest assured to revel in exploring the multi-sensory cave using their whole bodies, eyes, and ears.
DARK SPACE by Richard Kearns
'Hideaway - Creating with Nature' invites children to play with nature, and thereby answers extensive global research on the importance of children interacting with and appreciating the natural world. Obvious health benefits such as preventing obesity and ensuring a child's successful physical development, communing with nature and playing outdoors heightens children's awareness and appreciation of plants and other animals, leading to a greater respect and care for the natural world.As a parent, I strongly believe in the importance of teaching our kids to love nature. If you have been following me on Instagram, you should know how much effort I put into getting my kids engaged in nature. You can see my posts here and here where I asked G to collect anything "interesting" in his eyes during our walk in the park and we built a bird's nest out of it after.
In need of a digital gadget therapy? Bring your kids at Playeum for a good dose of fun and nature love!
PLAYEUM - Block 47, Malan Road
#01-21 to #01-23
TICKETING: Child ages 1 to 12: $20
Accompanying adult: FREE
Additional adult: $10
For schools and groups: $12/student
Playeum is an independent charity which champions children through play and creativity.